The Crisis of Religious Freedom And The Way Beyond


73e9d5d9-14ac-4e44-9ac4-609d48154ec4TIME: 27th February, 13:00 – 14:00

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower,
21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Professor John Milbank
Director, Centre of Theology and Philosophy,
University of Nottingham

To read a full transcript of this event click here

The tolerance of diverse religious beliefs is central to the Western legacy but is now everywhere in crisis. In order to defend it, we must understand better both how it arose and why it has come under threat. It is less of a modern secular and more of an ancient Christian legacy than we suppose. Today, secular liberalism is becoming more intolerant of religion, while it can be hard to fit Islam within inherited practices of toleration.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor John Milbank. He will contend that we may have to face the reality that there is no single, universal, rights-based model of religious tolerance available, only different models which vary with religious and post-religious legacies themselves. Defending the modern Western model as received  hitherto could require both some adjustments to allow new accommodations without betraying underlying principles, and a more specific acknowledgement of its Judeo-Christian background.

Professor John Milbank directs the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. Milbank previously taught at the University of Virginia and before that at the University of Cambridge and the University of Lancaster. He is also chairman of the trustees of the ResPublica think tank. Milbank is known as the founder of the movement known as Radical Orthodoxy, which has attracted international attention in both religion and politics. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries, integrating subjects such as systematic theology, social theory, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy, political theory and political theology.


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